Feb. 20, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma men's golf team stands in fifth place after Sunday's first round of the staunch 15-team Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by Purdue in Rio Grande, P.R. The No. 36 Sooners shot a first-round 287 (-1) and are nine strokes out of first place at the par-72, 6,902 yard Rio Mar Country Club.
Of the tournament's 15 teams, 14 are ranked in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin top 50. Fifth-ranked Georgia Tech stands atop the leaderboard after recording a 278 (-10) and leads fourth-ranked Alabama by three shots. Top-ranked Oklahoma State is five strokes back while Virginia Tech trails by eight shots.
"We still have two rounds to go," said OU men's head golf coach Ryan Hybl. "We have a lot of work to do."
OU senior Ryan Sirman and junior Riley Pumphrey both led the Sooners with a 2-under-par performance and sit tied for ninth place -- just one shot out of the lead -- among the 75-player field. Sirman recorded four birdies while Pumphrey pocketed three.
Junior Ben Klaus, coming off an impressive second-place finish at last week's Oak Hills Invitational, carded a 73 (+1) and is tied for 36th place. Klaus was at +4 through 15 holes before finishing his round with three straight birdies.
Sophomore Abraham Ancer is tied for 42nd place after shooting a 74 (+2) and freshman Eduardo Castiello is tied for 62nd at 76 (+4).
The second round of the Puerto Rico Classic will begin Monday morning. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.